SUPPORT CFIEvery donation counts!
SUPPORT CFIEvery donation counts!
Donations from individual Fourteener enthusiasts play a critical role in CFI’s field successes. Gifts match restricted grants, while funding expenses many foundations and corporations will not cover, such as feeding field crews and transporting crews and supplies to remote trailheads.Click here to donate now
CONNECTFollow CFI on Facebook
Add us on Facebook! Follow our updates and see our newest crew photos from the field.Find out how to promote your page too
UPDATESWhat we've been doing
- The Perspective Inspired by Chicago Basin
– October 25, 2013
“Each landscape allows or inhibits perspective, and that creates the culture.” -archaeologist, Tom Windes I am sitting outside the basecamp tent, watching the rabbits … Read More
- Colorado College Project Brings Back the Memories
– October 11, 2013
It seems every time I go on trail I get asked how I landed in my position. Did you study forestry? How many years of … Read More
- The Deal on Volunteer Vacations
– October 4, 2013
A group from the American Hiking Society volunteered on the North Maroon Peak restoration project one week this summer. Each of the five participants came … Read More
- Find Your Rome
– September 30, 2013
Rome wasn’t built in a day. The mountain is Rome. We are simply building a wall around it to keep it standing. We are not … Read More
Lloyd Athearn, Executive Director
Lloyd joined CFI in 2009 following three years serving as deputy director of the Colorado Conservation Trust, where he oversaw the organizations development, communications, finance and administration functions. Prior to that he spent 10 years as deputy director of the American Alpine Club managing media relations, public policy, publishing, development and membership marketing. His mountain conservation work has been recognized by the National Park Service and the American Alpine Club. Lloyd brings extensive experience collaborating with land managers across the country to protect alpine terrain and preserve the wilderness climbing experience. He has a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from the University of Oregon and has taken graduate coursework in Wilderness Management from the University of Montana.
Coby Gierke, Field Programs Manager
Coby comes to CFI with several years of multi-agency and youth corps experience in trails management. Most recently he worked as Zone Steward at the Presidio in Golden Gate National Recreation Area (2010-2011) and as Field Project Coordinator at Montana Conservation Corps (2009-2010). Prior seasonal trail positions included the Tahoe National Forest (2003, 2005), Yellowstone National Park (2006), Rocky Mountain National Park (2007), and Mount Rainier National Park (2008). Coby has a Bachelors in Social Science and Community Development from Portland State University.
Val Sokolowski, Field Projects Coordinator
Val comes to CFI with several years of experience running youth corps crews and working for a nonprofit trail organization. Most recently Val served as the Associate Regional Representative for the Pacific Crest Trail Association in northern California and southern Oregon (2009-2011), and Field Supervisor for the Gulf Coast Conservation Corps in Gulfport, Mississippi (2007-2008). Previously she worked in seasonal crew leadership positions at Southwest Conservation Corps in Arizona (2007, 2009) and the Student Conservation Association (2006-2009). Val has a Bachelors in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.
Jerry Mack, Controller
Jerry joined CFI in 2009 after 11 years as the controller and network administrator of the American Alpine Club. Prior to that, he spent 16 years in public finance in Denver. As a native Coloradan, Jerry grew up hiking and camping in the Rockies and by the mid-90’s had hiked all of the Fourteeners. An avid climber, he has summited peaks all over the world including Alaska, Canada, South America, Europe and Nepal. Jerry received his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Colorado and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Ben Hanus, Sustainable Trails Coordinator
Ben joined CFI’s permanent staff in 2012, having worked with the program in a seasonal capacity since 2009. He worked two seasons on the Chicago Basin trail delineation project, then collected detailed GPS-based data on Fourteener trails during the 2011 field season. Through the Sustainable Trails project, Ben will collect GPS data during the field seasons and will analyze and model data during the winters to help CFI manage constructed Fourteener trails, which represent capital assets worth $250,000 to $400,000. Ben holds a bachelor’s of Landscape Architecture from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. His background and field experience include high alpine trail design, construction, and restoration, crew leadership, GIS mapping and data collection, and spatial analysis.
2013 seasonal staff
CFI’s 2013 seasonal field staff, from left to right: Top row: Devin Olson, Tom Cronin, Eric Haggstrom, Eli Allen, Miriam Venman-Clay, Jess McGinnis, Carmen Rafdal, Nick London, Chris Guinn Bottom: Jackie Allen, Patrick Hall, Nicole Fox, Chris Houde, Peter Reber, Steven Hertzfeld (Not pictured: Jason Oldefendt)